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Music the artform and artists

The Audience is the Most Important Instrument

Today I want to talk about a notion that is killing contemporary music. It's an idea that is not confined to any one location, social group, or stylistic camp, and one that occasionally rears its head in both the halls of academia and the hippest coffee shops.

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Nelson Mandela Passes: 10 Musical Tributes to the Iconic Political Figure

Mandela: the three syllables not only refer to the legendary anti-apartheid leader and former President of South Africa, but serve as a modern synonym for equality, freedom and revolution.



Dot Enter: An opening about openings!

Ten top talents from five different conservatories around the world will joined together to officially open the 5th IMC World Forum on Music in Brisbane.

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Meet the 'dangerous Belgian' who invented the sax

Sax's father was a carpenter, and a maker of musical instruments. And from a young age, Sax learned the craft at his father's side.


Audience Cultivation in American New Music

Historically, new music has sought to confront general audiences with unexpected sounds and forms. The present, however, sees the milieu of new music splintered into factions, each with its own loyal but marginal audience.

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French Baroque Choral Opulence

The music from the age of Louis XIV reflects the same aesthetic as Versailles: lavish, rich in detail, infused with the dances that were so central to courtly life.


Jimi Hendrix, in his own words: 'I dig Strauss and Wagner – those cats are good'

Jimi Hendrix was a private man, but a new collection of interviews, thoughts and diaries gives a unique insight into his mind. Here he talks about arriving in London, stage fright, racism and the plans he had for the future.

The Guardian

Glass's Music in 12 Parts - but the audience was just as small

So few people went to hear the Philip Glass Ensemble perform in the UK in 1975 that it would probably have been cheaper to fly the audience to New York to hear the group there. Christopher Fox, one of that original handful, reflects how things have changed.

The Guardian

If it's country music and it's Kenya, it must be Elvis

Country is the most popular music genre in the US. In Africa, not so much. But here's an exception to that rule.


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